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Here is the GOP PLATFORM DOCUMENT
Resolved, That we, the delegated representatives of the Republican electors of Spokane County, in convention assembled, in discharge of the duty we owe to our constituent and our county, are united in our efforts to promote the following declarations:
The Spokane County Republican Party reaffirms that our individual rights come from God. We believe that those rights — and the responsibilities therein — are the foundation of a free society, embracing the U.S. Constitution as the cornerstone. We recognize the right to life from natural conception to natural death as inalienable. Just as the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution were written to respect the individual citizen’s basic rights, the Bill of Rights was developed to restrict and limit the role of government in our lives. Additionally, Article 1 of the Washington State Constitution specifies, “all political power is inherent in the people, and governments derive their just powers from the consent of the governed, and are established to protect and maintain individual rights.”
Right to Keep and Bear Arms
The Spokane County Republican Party believes that guaranteed under the 2nd Amendment to the U.S. Constitution and Article 1 Section 24 of the Washington State Constitution is the right of all lawful citizens – free from government intervention – to bear arms in defense of their lives, their property, and the nation, from enemies both foreign and domestic.
The Spokane County Republican Party understands that private property is at the heart of American freedom and independence. We agree “at the center of a free economy is the right of citizens to be secure in their property. All persons have the right to acquire, own, use, possess, enjoy, and dispose of private property1” as they see fit. Republicans also stress that private property rights extend beyond issues of land use and ownership, and apply to the freedom to keep, spend and/or trade that which we earn, and the freedom to run our homes and operate our businesses according to our personal values and without government interference.
The Spokane County Republican Party believes the proper role of government is to protect the rights of the people and to provide only those critical functions, in accordance with our U.S. Constitution, that cannot be performed by individuals or private enterprise. We believe that government is best when it governs least and is closest to the people -‐ adhering to the principle of federalism. All government at all levels must live within its means and the means of its citizens.
Jobs, Economy, and Currency
The Spokane County Republican Party believes that American quality of life is best promoted through honest money not subject to manipulation. In addition, government regulation of the marketplace is counter–productive to a free society and that economies based on private enterprise and individual initiative will best foster an environment of job growth and economic prosperity.
Republicans support balanced budgets, reduced regulations, and limited taxation, believing that lower taxes stimulate investment in and by the private sector; reducing regulations eliminates a major road block to job growth; and balanced budgets promote fiscal responsibility leading to reduced deficits and debt.
National Sovereignty, Immigration, & Defense
The Spokane County Republican Party believes that America must have the strongest military necessary to defend our borders, our homes, and our national interests according to the U.S. Constitution and its Bill of Rights. We endorse a foreign policy of peace, commerce, and honest friendship with all nations, opposing the American role as policeman of the world.
Republicans oppose all treaties and policies that sacrifice American sovereignty. We strongly assert that the interests of the United States must never be subordinate to that of any foreign nation or international body. This includes attacks upon our sovereignty such as United Nations Agenda 21 or Kyoto Protocols.
The Spokane County Republican Party believes that the State of Washington must act only in a fashion that protects all innocent human life in our state and we believe that the states must have the right to codify the sanctity of life from conception until natural death.
Republicans strongly support the right of families to be free to raise their children according to their personal morals, values, and spiritual beliefs. Furthermore, we firmly believe that at the core of a strong family is a traditional marriage comprised of one man and one woman.
The Spokane County Republican Party is dedicated to reaffirming the importance of safety for students and staff.
We recognize that only through a rigorous “back to basics” curriculum as determined by parents and local school districts can we achieve the high level of education necessary to make us competitive in today’s global marketplace.
Education spending must firmly be focused in the classroom and not squandered on unnecessary administrative spending. We also assert that all public education expenditures must be regularly audited and open to public scrutiny.
The Spokane County Republican party believes that the best healthcare model is one with very limited government intervention, based around the principle of individual responsibility. The results of government inserting itself into the healthcare industry are rising costs and lower quality of care.
(Energy/Utility, Transportation, & Technology)
The Spokane County Republican Party understands that government must continue to invest wisely in infrastructure and continue to strive to be a leader in energy and information technologies.
Republicans oppose government intervention into the energy and technology sectors. We believe that the free market, not government, can best decide where and how to invest our resources.
We believe that transportation projects critical to growth and safety should be our top priority. We encourage the use of specific user fees over broad taxation to pay for new infrastructure. We acknowledge the critical importance that transportation plays in our daily lives and that the movement of goods and services is pivotal to commerce and a strong economy.
The Spokane County Republican Party believes that strict adherence to the rule of law as laid out in the US Constitution is critical for America to continue as a leader in the world.
The American justice system exists to protect our liberties.
Republicans believe that all people have a right to equal treatment under the law. We oppose inequality in the creation or enforcement of laws based on group characteristics.
With respect to this foundation, Republicans have utmost confidence in the Constitution of the United States of America and moreover, the higher laws set forth by our God and Creator.
Finally, having thus set forth our distinctive principles and views, we invite the cooperation of all citizens, however differing on other questions, who substantially agree with us in their affirmation and support.